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Graduate admission

UW Engineering offers graduate programs for engineers to grow their skills, boost their careers, or delve into academic research.

The application process

Admission into our different programs can vary. For some, you may need to apply through the UW Graduate School, while others require that you apply through UW Continuum College. Admissions information, funding opportunities, and requirements for each program can be found on its respective website.

Our program types

Graduate Research Degrees are research-focused graduate programs that can lead to a Ph.D.

Affiliated Certificates are affiliated with a department's existing professional master’s degrees. Students can take these certificates as standalone credentials or apply their graduate credits toward an existing master’s degree in the department.  

Stackable Graduate Certificates are designed to build toward specific stacked master’s degrees. Credits earned through these may apply to other master’s programs, but students must work with an adviser to discuss applying credits toward a non-stacked master’s degree. These certificates can also be standalone credentials. 

Professional Master’s Degrees are designed to support the needs of working professionals. Each program has an established curriculum and may include elective courses. These master’s degrees generally do not require original research or a thesis to graduate. 

Stacked Master’s Degrees are earned by completing two qualifying stackable certificates and an applied capstone project. They are designed so that students can earn meaningful credentials in focused areas of engineering as they progress toward their master’s degree. 

Engineering graduate programs and certificates

Applied Master's Program in Materials Science & Engineering

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Gain relevant experience for careers in a variety of fields including aerospace, biomedicine, energy, manufacturing, transportation and more. Graduates of the program pursue careers in research and development, serve as consultants and become entrepreneurs. For those students interested in pursuing a doctorate, AMP can provide a stepping stone into our Ph.D. program.

Contact:     206-543-2740

Basic Biosciences certificate program

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In this four-course certificate program, we’ll investigate the science of molecular and cellular processes. Next, we will investigate disease processes that alter pathophysiology, allowing diseases to develop. Finally, we focus on drug development from drug discovery & design to filing with Regulatory Agencies (FDA,EMA) for approval of new pharmacologic treatments.


Certificate in Aircraft Composite Structural Analysis & Design


In this three-course certificate program, we’ll explore state-of-the-art methods in aircraft composite design. This program is for Boeing employees only. You should have a bachelor’s degree in engineering with a background in mechanics of materials.

Available online, part-time.

Contact:     206-685-7250

Certificate in Applied Cybersecurity Engineering

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From embedded devices and Internet of Things (IoT) networks to critical infrastructure and autonomous vehicles, cybersecurity engineering is critical in ensuring the resilience and safety of interconnected systems that are part of our everyday lives. This three-course hands-on certificate program from the UW department of Electrical and Computer Engineering covers the core principles and real-world applications of cybersecurity engineering.


Certificate in Global Integrated Systems Engineering

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In this certificate program, you’ll learn to apply innovative industry techniques to design and optimize complex systems across a variety of engineering disciplines. We’ll take an interdisciplinary approach to topics in systems engineering, project management, supply chain management and financial modeling while considering the various multicultural factors that impact these areas.

Programming available online and in-person, part-time.


Certificate in Modern Aircraft Structures

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In this three-course certificate program, we’ll undertake an in-depth study of aircraft design and analysis. This program is open to Boeing employees only. It is geared to those involved in a range of disciplines, including structures, flight science, loads, manufacturing, liaison and fleet support.

Available online, part-time option

Contact:     206-685-7250

Certificate in Sustainable Transportation: Planning & Livable Communities

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In this three-course certificate program, you’ll gain an in-depth understanding of the critical issues surrounding the planning and development of sustainable transportation systems. Designed for professionals who work on transportation and sustainability issues, along with those who want to enter the field. Available online.

Contact:     206-685-2227

Civil Engineering: Energy Infrastructure

The online Master of Science in Civil Engineering: Energy Infrastructure program prepares students to plan, design, construct and manage energy related infrastructure projects. The program responds to current changes in the country’s energy infrastructure, which is quickly moving from traditional fossil fuel systems to renewable sources. The changes are driven by both climate change concerns and technological advancements.

This program is designed to be delivered online. 


Composite Structures: Materials and Manufacturing

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This program is designed to meet the needs of various engineering, manufacturing and quality assurance personnel involved in designing and fabricating aircraft hardware. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in engineering with a background in engineering, physics or chemistry, mechanics of materials, algebra and some calculus. 

This program is in-person at the UW Seattle campus with and Autumn-only start each year.


Construction Engineering

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Focusing on the heavy construction industry, this program gives engineers the technical skills and management abilities critical for leading major infrastructure projects. The curriculum covers the most recent developments and fundamental principles in construction engineering, knowledge that is extremely valuable in any professional role.

This program is designed to be delivered online. 


Construction, Energy, and Sustainable Infrastructure

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Specific focus areas include sustainable roads, power generation facilities, energy-efficient buildings, social sustainability, engineering in developing communities, and construction engineering. Sustainable community research is an increasing focus for the CESI Group and spans a wide range of topics, including recent work with refugee settlements and their infrastructure needs.

This program is in-person at the UW Seattle campus with an Autumn-only start each year. 


Data Analytics for Systems Operations

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This program will provide engineers with the technical expertise for data-driven analysis of complex engineering systems to improve decision-making and lead to effective execution of processes and operations. By completing this certificate, students will gain the credentials to assume lead technical responsibilities for running large-scale product/process development and project operations.


Data Science in Materials Engineering

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This certificate is tailored for professional engineers seeking to accelerate materials development processes in air and space travel, renewable energy, transportation, and computing. Through this certificate, engineers will gain valuable skills in utilizing versatile computational tools to solve complex materials-related challenges and contribute to advancing technology in various industries.


Doctor of Philosophy Aeronautics & Astronautics

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The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program is an advanced engineering degree that prepares students for leadership roles in academia, industry, and research institutions specializing in aeronautics and astronautics.

Available full-time, on campus

Contact:     206-685-7250

Doctor of Philosophy in Bioengineering

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Students come to this multidisciplinary biomedical research and engineering program from a wide array of backgrounds, and graduates of the program demonstrate high achievement in bioengineering while excelling in intellectual leadership and independence as a scientific researcher.

Contact:     206-685-2000

Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical Engineering

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Graduate coursework typically includes subjects of importance to all chemical engineers, such as thermodynamics, transport phenomena, reaction engineering, and applied mathematics. Students are encouraged to take additional courses to gain experience in areas relevant to their research.


Doctor of Philosophy in Civil & Environmental Engineering

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Students in the CEE Ph.D. program work closely with distinguished faculty on research and pursue their own innovative projects, preparing them to make a difference in the world. Students who pursue Ph.D. degrees often obtain high-level jobs in industry or go on to work in academia.

Available on campus.

Contact:     206-685-2227

Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Engineering

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The Allen School provides every student accepted to our Ph.D. program with full financial support in the form of teaching and research assistantships or fellowships, from program inception to degree. Students earn an integrated master’s degree on their path to the Ph.D.

Available on campus.

Contact:     206-543-1695

Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical Engineering

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The Ph.D. program prepares students for work in academia or industry as independent researchers and scholars. It is the highest degree awarded in the field. Students work closely with distinguished faculty on research and pursue their own innovative projects, preparing them to make a difference in the world.

Available on campus, full-time.


Doctor of Philosophy in Human Centered Design & Engineering

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The HCDE doctoral program prepares students for careers as scholars and researchers through relevant coursework, mentorship from faculty, and collaboration with peers. Early in the program, students may explore different topics and research areas through Directed Research Groups and other independent projects.


Doctor of Philosophy in Industrial Engineering

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The Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering program prepares students for university-level education roles and leadership in industrial and systems engineering research. In addition to meeting course requirements, students spend one or more years on Ph.D. dissertation research.


Doctor of Philosophy in Materials Science & Engineering

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This advanced program trains engineers for leadership roles in academia, industry and research institutions.

Contact:     206-543-2740

Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering

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Students must demonstrate strong scholastic ability throughout the program to complete independent research and to contribute creatively to advanced developments in engineering. The degree is approximately 30% course work and 70% research. Ph.D. students can attend the University of Washington on either a full-time or part-time basis.

Available on campus, in-person.

Contact:     206-543-7963

Environmental Engineering

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The program provides a solid background in both traditional and emerging areas of environmental engineering. These areas include drinking water and wastewater treatment, air and water quality, remediation of contaminated sites and resource recovery. Graduate students work closely with Environmental Engineering faculty who guide and supervise their research and studies. They also interact with leaders in the local professional community, many of whom are UW graduates, through courses taught by practitioners, field trips, seminars and professional society meetings.

This program is in-person at the UW Seattle campus with an Autumn-only start each year. 


Geotechnical Engineering

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UW CEE’s Geotechnical Engineering Master’s Program is one of the oldest in the United States. Founded in 1935, the program has produced outstanding students who have succeeded in practice and academia. The program provides a solid background in all traditional areas of geotechnical engineering and allows students to focus on areas of particular interest, including geotechnical earthquake engineering, landslide hazards, soil mechanics and foundation engineering. Graduate students work closely with faculty and also interact with leaders in the local professional community, many of whom are UW graduates, through special courses taught by practitioners, field trips, seminars and professional society meetings.

This program is in-person at the UW Seattle campus with an Autumn-only start each year.


GPU-Accelerated Computing and Visualization

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In this hands-on, project-based certificate program, we’ll explore how GPU Computing and Scientific Visualization support reshaping and reenvisioning the world in novel dimensions. In a series of three online complementary classes, you’ll learn and apply the theory, practical hands-on skills, and undocumented “black art” techniques required to develop optimized parallel GPU software.


Hydrology and Hydrodynamics

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UW CEE’s Hydrology and Hydrodynamics Master’s Program focuses on physical, chemical and biological processes in freshwater systems. The program provides both a solid background in all traditional areas of hydrology and hydrodynamics, as well as technological advances in numerical modeling, environmental observations and monitoring, and satellite remote sensing to address growing challenges in the natural and built environment with global change. Graduate students work closely with faculty and also interact with leaders in the local professional community, many of whom are UW graduates, through special courses taught by practitioners, field trips, seminars and professional society meetings.

This program is in-person at the UW Seattle campus with an Autumn-only start each year. 


Machine Learning and Deep Learning

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In this three-course certificate program, we’ll explore how machine learning is reshaping the world — and what tools you’ll need to help make that happen. Students will learn how to implement and evaluate learning algorithms for a broad range of applications and work with state-of-the-art Python libraries for machine learning, such as NumPy and PyTorch.


Master of Aerospace Engineering (MAE)

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The Master of Aerospace Engineering (MAE) is a multidisciplinary professional graduate degree for recent graduates as well as working professionals. The MAE emphasizes the applied skills and experience needed in industry. The MAE is a terminal, coursework-only degree (does not lead to a PhD). This degree is meant to be completed part-time in three years. Courses meet in the evening, once per week, with all students having the option to attend classes online or in person.

Available campus or online, full-time and part-time options.

Contact:     206-685-7250

Master of Applied Bioengineering (MAB)

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The MAB trains students to apply engineering design to address today’s clinical challenges and fulfill the market-based demands of industry and medicine for biotechnology. Students collaborate with world-class faculty from UW and UW Medicine, and local industry partners to transform biomedical research into technologies for improving patient care. Graduates have in-demand skills for work in biomedical industry and translational research.

Contact:     206-685-2000

Master of Industrial & Systems Engineering (MISE)

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The MISE is a non-thesis degree designed for engineers, scientists, and mathematicians with at least two years of work experience in a technical environment who wish to excel as complex system thinkers in today's global business environment.

Available online and on campus.


Master of Science in Aeronautics & Astronautics (MSAA)

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The Master of Science in Aeronautics & Astronautics (MSAA) is intended for students with an undergraduate degree in Aerospace Engineering or closely related field who are interested in pursuing a graduate degree emphasizing technical expertise as well as preparation for advanced, independent research. MSAA courses are offered on a traditional, daytime schedule. The MSAA is generally intended as a full-time program (five-six quarters) but may also be completed on a part-time schedule. MSAA graduates are eligible to continue toward a PhD.

Available full-time, on campus

Contact:     206-685-7250

Master of Science in Bioengineering (MSB)

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Apply basic sciences and engineering to solve biomedical problems. Gain comprehensive research experience. UW Bioengineering’s thesis-based Master of Science students bring diverse experience from a variety of academic disciplines to solve biomedical problems using basic science and engineering principles while gaining comprehensive research experience.

Contact:     206-685-2000

Master of Science in Electrical Engineering

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The master of science program prepares students to enter the workforce with advanced skills or to continue on to Ph.D. studies. Master’s degree students include recent undergraduates seeking more technical depth, working engineers who want to advance their career and professionals from other backgrounds seeking to enter the field.

Available on campus, with full-time and part-time options.

Contact:     206-616-1351

Master of Science in Human Centered Design & Engineering

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This program prepares its graduates for leadership roles in user experience research and design, interface design, interaction design, product design, and human-computer interaction. A flexible schedule allows students to attend part time or full time.

Available on campus with full-time and part-time options.


Master of Science in Industrial Engineering (MSIE)

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The MSIE is intended for students who are interested in pursuing an advanced, research-oriented degree for a career in industry, government, or the engineering sciences or in preparation for a Ph.D. The Master of Science program is intended for full-time, on-campus students.


Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (MSME)

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The Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (MSME) will prepare graduates for professional careers in Mechanical Engineering. We offer coursework in a variety of areas including robotics, health, renewable energy, material science, and manufacturing. This degree is intended for students with undergraduate degrees in mechanical engineering or a closely related field. However, if you have completed standard math, natural science, and engineering fundamental courses, you may qualify for admission to the MSME degree.

Available on campus and online. Flexible part-time and full time options.

Contact:     206-616-0981

Master’s of Science in Chemical Engineering: Data Science Option

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The intensive 1-year M.S. program pairs applied data science instruction with real-world project experience in a chemical engineering and molecular science context. Students complete fundamental ChemE coursework and participate in an industry-sponsored capstone project. Master’s students also have the option of a 2-year research-focused program intended as a bridge to a Ph.D. in chemical engineering.


Online Master of Pharmaceutical Bioengineering (PharBE)

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The Master of Pharmaceutical Bioengineering program (PharBE) is an online degree program designed to enable working engineers, scientists, researchers and professionals in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and related industries to explore advanced education in the areas of drug discovery and design, pharmaceutics and translational pharmaceutics, clinical drug and device development, molecular and cellular biology, pathophysiology and pharmacology.

Available online.

Contact:     206-685-2000

Professional Master's Program in Electrical Engineering

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The Professional Master’s Program (PMP) focuses on cutting-edge technical topics and the latest university research, giving students the expertise needed to drive innovation. Designed for full-time students as well as professionals already working in the field, the PMP prepares graduates for new and rewarding career opportunities. The program leads to a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (MSEE) degree.

Evening classes available with full-time and part-time options.


Professional Master's Programs in Computer Science & Engineering

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The Allen School’s Professional Master’s Program (PMP) is designed for fully-employed professionals who are interested in continuing on their career paths while acquiring critical skills to move them into positions and projects of greater responsibility and impact. The PMP offers unique benefits to working professionals, including an opportunity to interact with other talented area professionals in a flexible, part-time learning environment that blends focused academic coursework and exciting colloquia offering practical engineering and development insights and tools.

On campus, evening option available.

Contact:     206-543-1695

Stacked Master’s Degree in Engineering

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Designed for working engineers looking to enhance their skills or advance their careers, stacked degrees offer a flexible, strategic pathway with industry application in mind. All stackable certificates are available part-time, with online and hybrid options. With 12 stackable graduate certificates across seven engineering disciplines, you can choose to study emerging topics, highly specialized areas, or both. Then synthesize your coursework with an applied capstone project that demonstrates your skills.


Structural Engineering and Mechanics


UW CEE’s Structural Engineering and Mechanics Master’s Program offers students a comprehensive, practical and theoretical background that prepares them be successful in engineering practice or a future Ph.D. program. The program offers graduate students a wide range of courses in structural design, multi-hazard structural response, classical theory and advanced structural analysis techniques. The structures faculty members have expertise in each of these areas, with ongoing research related to many of these topics and collaboration with the local professional community.

This program is in-person at the UW Seattle campus with an Autumn-only start each year. 


Supply Chain Transportation and Logistics

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The University of Washington online Master of Supply Chain Transportation & Logistics is for working professionals who want to advance their careers in supply chain transportation and logistics. This program is also a great fit for business systems analysts, process analysts, project managers or people interested in transportation or logistics consulting. Featuring a balance of engineering and business courses, the curriculum emphasizes four cornerstone themes: AI/ ML and Optimization; Data-driven decision making; integration and collaboration; and critical thinking.

This program is designed to be delivered online. 


Sustainable Transportation

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The UW Online Master of Sustainable Transportation prepares students to tackle sustainable transportation and land use planning challenges through interdisciplinary study of key topics in transportation planning, policy and analysis. Students will explore topics in mass transit, economic development, livable communities, population density, climate change, alternative energies and more.

This program is designed to be delivered online.


Systems Engineering Leadership

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This certificate program will allow the students to manage all the moving parts of a large technical project and ensure satisfaction with the established project requirements and objectives. The program will also offer guidance on financial planning, marketing strategies and conflict resolution, which other engineering certificate programs typically do not cover. By completing this certificate, students will gain the experience to assume new engineering and technical leadership roles or enhance their leadership skills significantly. 


Transportation Engineering

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Courses provide a solid background and skill set in intelligent transportation systems, ride-source sharing, transit system planning, transportation data analytics, travel demand forecasting, traffic systems operations, freight transportation, human factors and analytical methods in transportation. Students also obtain hands-on experience in particular areas of interest, including traffic simulations, smart transportation system control and traveler information systems. Graduate students work closely with faculty and interact with leaders in the local professional community, many of whom are UW graduates, through special courses taught by practitioners, field trips, seminars and professional society meetings.

This program is in-person at the UW Seattle campus with an Autumn-only start each year. 


User-Centered Design Certificate

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In this five-course certificate program, students explore how usability studies and interaction design can influence web design and product development and examine the latest innovations in the field. UCD Certificate students study the latest theories and practices to keep user needs at the forefront of each stage of the design process. Students learn through hands-on project learning experiences and a culminating experience. They will synthesize the knowledge they have gained through their coursework and connect it to current issues.